motivate

[moh-tuh-veyt]
verb (used with object), motivated, motivating.
to provide with a motive or motives; incite; impel.

Origin:
1860–65; motive + -ate1

motivator, noun
demotivate, verb (used with object), demotivated, demotivating.
demotivator, noun
nonmotivated, adjective
remotivate, verb (used with object), remotivated, remotivating.
unmotivated, adjective
unmotivating, adjective
well-motivated, adjective


induce, move, provoke, prompt, cause.
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motivate (ˈməʊtɪˌveɪt)
 
vb
(tr) to give incentive to
 
'motivator
 
n

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motivate
1885, "to stimulate toward action," from motive (q.v.), perhaps modeled on Fr. motiver or Ger. motivieren. Related: Motivated; motivating.
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Example sentences
Then progressing to learned music reading slowed down the improvisational but
  motivating.
Teaching research skills is motivating if the topic is in the sciences.
And that-more than anything-is likely to have a motivating effect on officials.
The high price of gold was a motivating factor for many.
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